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Paraoxonase 1 (PON1), a high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-associated esterase, is known to mediate antioxidant and antiatherogenic properties. Purification of PON1 has been challenging for a long time. Here, we report a novel purification technique for this enzyme, which allowed us to obtain human serum paraoxonase 1 (hPON1) using straightforward chromatographic methods, such as Diethylaminoethyl-Sephadex anion exchange chromatography and Sepharose 4B–4-phenylazo-2-naphthaleneamine hydrophobic interaction chromatography. We purified the enzyme 302-fold with a final specific activity of 4775 U/mg and a yield of 32%. Furthermore, we examined the in vitro effects of some sulfonamide derivatives, such as sulfacetamide, homosulfanilamide (mafenide), sulfosalazine, furosemide, acetazolamide, and 1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-sulfonamide on the enzyme activity to better understand the inhibitory properties of the molecules. The six sulfonamides dose-dependently decreased the activity of hPON1 with inhibition constants in the millimolar – micromolar range. This study provides an efficient method, which may be useful for other enzymes such as those related to acetylcholinesterase. It also demonstrates the off-target activity of sulfonamides.
Human serum paraoxonase/arylesterase 1 (EC 188.8.131.52, hPON1) is exclusively associated with high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and is a genetically polymorphic enzyme that has the ability to hydrolyze a wide range of organophosphates (OPs) and carboxyesters (1). This calcium enzyme is synthesized in the liver and then secreted into the blood. Its gene family contains at least three members in mammals: PON1, PON2, and PON3 (2). PON1 and PON3 are expressed primarily in the liver, while PON2 is widely expressed in various tissues, including brain, liver, and kidney (3–5). The enzyme active site contains a Ca(II) ion critical for catalysis (and a second structural such ion) co-ordinated by five protein residues (the side chain oxygens of Asn224, Asn270, Asn168, Asp269, and Glu53) and by a water molecule which in deprotonated form (as hydroxide ion) acts as nucleophile for the hydrolysis of substrates (1). Another potential ligand of the catalytic metal ion is an oxygen of the phosphate substrate that will undergo hydrolysis, but the rate determining step of the catalytic turnover is the deprotonation of the calcium-co-ordinated water molecule, assisted by a His–His dyad (1). This is in fact reminiscent of some zinc enzymes, such as the carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC 184.108.40.206) in which a Zn(II) hydroxide species is the catalytically active nucleophile, which is generated by deprotonation of zinc-co-ordinated water assisted by a His residue from the enzyme active site(6).
High-density lipoprotein particles are involved in the protection of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) against oxidative modification. This mechanism is related to the activity of the Paraoxonase (PON) enzymes, which are located on HDL (7). Thus, PON1 is thought to play an antiatherogenic role by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL and hydrolyzing lipid peroxides (8). The enzyme is distinctive in that it interacts with serum lipoproteins. This association, in combination with studies showing that PON1 can protect LDL from oxidative damage in artificial systems, suggests that PON1 has a protective role in vivo and inhibits the development of vascular and coronary disease (9).
Paraoxonase is important in the metabolism also as an organophosphate (OP) hydrolyzer, and it hydrolyzes aromatic carboxylic esters, such as phenyl acetate, being thus involved in drugs and xenobiotics metabolism. Moreover, it hydrolyzes various lactones, including naturally occurring lactone metabolites (10,11). Paraoxon (diethyl 4-nitrophenyl phosphate) is a parasympathomimetic, which acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. It is an OP oxon and the active metabolite of the insecticide parathion. It is also used as an opthalmological drug against glaucoma. Paraoxon is one of the most potent acetylcholinesterase-inhibiting insecticides available, around 70% as potent as the nerve agent sarin and so is now rarely used as an insecticide (12) because of the risk of poisoning to humans and other animals (Figure 1).
Paraoxonase has been purified so far from different sources with different yields and purification folds (13–17). However, most of these previous studies either included many steps or had low purification yields. For these reasons, we focused in this study to develop a new and simpler chromatographic method for the purification of hPON1. There are slight differences among the molecular weigths of paraoxonase enzymes from various sources. The human PON1 has a molecular weight of 43–45 kDa (18), rabbit liver paraoxonase 1: 40 kDa (19), human PON2: 37 kDa, rabbit serum PON3: 40 kDa (20), rat liver PON1: 43 kDa (21) [see Fig 7].
As sulfonamides constitute an important class of drugs, having several types of pharmacological features, such as antibacterial (22), antitumor (23), anti-CA (6,23–26), diuretic (27,28), and protease inhibitory activity (29–32), we decided to investigate whether such compounds interfere with hPON1 activity. Some sulfonamides are also the strongest inhibitors of various enzymes such as the CAs (6,23,33). The sulfonamides investigated in this study, of types 1-6 (sulfacetamide, mafenide, sulfosalazine, furosemide, acetazolamide, and 1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-sulfonamide), are commonly clinically used antibiotics or CA inhibitors (31–33). There is no information in the literature regarding the effects of sulfonamides on hPON1 activity.
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Human serum paraoxonase 1 contains 354 amino acids, and its molecular weight is of 43 kDa (1,35). It is a HDL-associated enzyme and is evolutionarily rather conserved in vertebrates (except fish, birds, and invertebrates) (1,45). Organophosphates are substrates of PON1 and thus, this enzyme protects the nervous system against OP toxicity. It is called paraoxonase because of the fact that it hydrolyzes paraoxon (diethyl 4-nitrophenyl phosphate), a metabolite of the insecticide parathion. PON1 is also able to metabolize lipid peroxides and protect against LDL accumulation (3). It is suggested that hPON1 activity is responsible for the antioxidant effects on HDL (43).
Although PON has been purified from a wide range of sources using different purification procedures, but with many diverse steps being involved and thus the yields and purity of the enzyme were rather low (14–17). For example, Furlong et al. purified hPON1 with approx. 62.1- fold purification, using Agarose blue, Sephadex G 200, DEAE-Trisacryl M, Sepladex G 75 chromatography techniques (14). In another study, rat liver PON3 enzyme was purified 177-fold with a yield of 0.4% using six steps, including hydroxyapatite adsorption, DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B chromatography, Cibacron Blue 3GA non-specific affinity chromatography, anion exchange on Mono Q HR 5/5, DEAE-cellulose, and a final affinity chromatography on Concovalin A-Sepharose (15). In a previous study, we isolated PON1 237-fold from human serum with a yield of 51% and a specific activity of 3912.4 U × per mg using ammonium sulfate precipitation (60–80%), DEAE-Sephadex anion exchange, and Sephadex G-200 gel filtration chromatography (17).
A novel and efficient method was recently reported by Sinan et al. (16), who purified PON1 227-fold from human serum with a final specific activity of 1730.45 U × per mg and a yield of 72.54% using ammonium sulfate precipitation and CNBr-activated Sepharose 4B-L-tyrosine-1-naphytylamine hydrophobic interaction chromatography (16). In this study, we modified this method to obtain a cheaper and risk-free gel. We used ammonium sulfate fractionation (60–80%) (16), DEAE-Sephadex anion exchange, and Sepharose 4B–4-phenylazo-2-naphthaleneamine hydrophobic interaction chromatography for purifying hPON1. We purified the enzyme 302-fold with specific activity of 4775 U × per mg and a yield of 32%. In the hydrophobic interaction gel, we did not activate Sepharose 4B with CNBr, a highly toxic and dangerous compound, but we propose a novel activation method. Therefore, we obtained a risk-free and more economical gel, as CNBr-activated Sepharose 4B is also quite expensive. Moreover, we used aniline as spacer arm instead of tyrosine. In Sepharose 4B-L-tyrosine-1-naphytylamine gel, the functional -OH group is free on the tyrosine molecule, and this brings a more hydrophilic character to the gel. As for our gel, the functional group of aniline is an -NH2 group, which makes a covalent bond with Sepharose 4B. The summary of this new purification procedure is shown in Table 1. Thus, there are no free functional groups in our new gel, which is depicted schematically in Figure 4. For this reason, our gel has a more hydrophobic character. Thus, we thought that using aniline instead of tyrosine is an advantage for this kind of chromatographic purification methods (Figure 4).
Table 1. Summary of the purification procedure of human serum paraoxonase 1
|Purification step||Activity (EU/mL)||Total volume (mL)||Total protein (mg)||Total activity (EU)||Specific activity (EU/mg)||Yield (%)||Purification factor|
|Triton X-100–treated serum||126||15||120||1896||15.8||100||1|
|Ammonium sulfate precipitation||100||12||73.2||1201||16.4||63||1.04|
|Ion exchange chromatography||84.3||9||1.27||758||598||40||37.8|
Figure 4. Schematic representation of the Sepharose 4B–4-phenylazo-2-naphthaleneamine hydrophobic gel. The functional group of aniline (−NH2) was covalently bound with Sepharose 4B by means of an amide bond. Sepharose-4B was oxidized by KMnO4 and subsequently activated by SOCl2. After that, aniline was attached to the activated gel as a spacer arm, and finally diazotized naphytylamine was clamped to the para position of aniline molecule as ligand. In this way, Sepharose 4B–4-phenylazo-2-naphthaleneamine hydrophobic interaction gel was obtained. The chromatography column was equilibrated with 100 mm phosphate buffer pH 7, including NaCl.
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Many chemical species influence metabolism at low concentrations by decreasing or increasing the normal enzyme activity, especially by inhibiting enzymes with critical function (41), being thus drug targets (45). PON is important in the metabolism as OP hydrolyzer. Organophosphates (OP) are pesticides that inhibit cholinesterase. They cause poisonings and deaths (46–48). Paraoxonase, a member of the A-oxonase family, breaks down acetylcholinesterase inhibitors before they bind to the cholinesterases, and thus protects people from harmful effects caused by exposure to low doses of OP pesticides (44,45). Yet, it is estimated that worldwide, 220 000 people are killed each year from such exposures. This is one reason why inhibitors of paraoxonase must be well investigated. PON is also a drug target (49–52). We have performed a number of studies regarding the interactions of different inhibitors with several such enzymes, including PON1 (50–52). For instance, we examined the in vitro effects of some analgesic drugs, such as lornoxicam, indomethacin, tenoxicam, diclofenac sodium salt, ketoprofen, and lincomycine, on human serum PON1 activity and observed that these analgesics inhibited human serum PON1 at very low concentrations. Inhibition range of the drugs was as follows: lornoxicam > indomethacin > tenoxicame > diclofenac sodium salt > ketoprofen > lincomycine (31). Additionally, Tomás et al. (53) investigated the effect of the lipid-lowering drug simvastatin on serum PON activity in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). They found that serum PON1 activity toward paraoxon significantly increased during treatment with simvastatin. So, they hypothesized that simvastatin might have relevant antioxidant properties (53). Besides, Sinan and colleagues showed that gentamycin sulfate and cefazolin sodium salt dose- and time-dependently inhibited human serum PON1, with IC50 values of 0.887 and 0.0084 mm, respectively, but did not affect liver PON1 activity in human hepatoma HepG2 cells (16).
However, it is thought that more extensive inhibition studies are necessary for a better understanding of the protective role of PONs against the toxic effects of xenobiotics, including environmental heavy metals and oxidative stress by-products (15,16). But, there are only few studies regarding effects of drugs on PON1 activity in literature. Considering these, we report in the present study the effects of sulfonamides 1-6 against purified hPON1.
We investigated the in vitro effects of sulfacetamide 1, mafenide 2, sulfosalazine 3, furosemide 4, acetazolamide 5, and 1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-sulfonamide 6 on hPON1 activity (Table 2). The results showed that these compounds are inhibitors of PON1 enzyme, and thus, they must be used carefully, especially on the patients having diseases in which PON1 activity plays a role.
Table 2. Inhibition data for compounds 1-6 against purified human serum paraoxonase 1
|Compound||IC50 (mm)||Ki (mm)||Inhibition type|
|Sulfacetamide 1||0.18 ± 0.002||0.086 ± 0.008||Competitive|
|Mafenide 2||0.19 ± 0.012||0.34 ± 0.047||Non-competitive|
|Sulfosalazine 3||0.26 ± 0.017||0.57 ± 0.081||Non-competitive|
|Furosemide 4||0.36 ± 0.038||0.702 ± 0.064||Non-competitive|
|Acetazolamide 5||0.80 ± 0.051||0.743 ± 0.092||Competitive|
|1,3,4-Thiadiazole- 2-sulfonamide 6||1.24 ± 0.065||2.01 ± 0.103||Non-competitive|
The sulfonamide derivatives were determined to be inhibitors with the following rank order of (1) > (2) > (3) > (4) > (5) > (6). The IC50 values for the compounds (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6) were as follows: 0.18, 0.19, 0.26, 0.36, 0.8, and 1.24 mm, respectively (Table 2). Ki graphs show that sulfacetamide and asetazolamide inhibit the enzyme in a competitive manner with paraoxon as substrate (Table 2, Figures 5 and 6). It is known that paraoxon and p-nitrophenylacetate are substrates for PON enzyme. Sulfacetamide and asetazolamide include amide groups, and this may be the reason why they inhibit the enzyme in a competitive manner with the above-mentioned ester as substrate. However, this hypothesis should be verified experimentally, by means of X-ray crystallographic studies. The other compounds investigated here inhibited hPON1 in a non-competitive manner with paraoxon as substrate (Table 2, Figures 5–7). The only quite effective hPON1 inhibitor detected here is sulfacetamide, which with a KI of 86 μm may constitute an interesting lead for obtaining more effective such compounds.
Figure 5. Lineweaver–Burk graphs for purified human serum paraoxonase 1 activity from human serum at five different paraoxon substrate concentrations and at three different sulfacetamide (A), mafenide (B), and sulfosalazine (C) concentrations (0.22–0.28 mm).
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Figure 6. Lineweaver–Burk plots for purified human serum paraoxonase 1 activity at five different paraoxon substrate concentrations and at three different furosemide (A), acetazolamide (B), and 1,3,4-thiadiazole-2-sulfonamide (C) concentrations (0.33–1.35 mm).
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